The transcripts of the official inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. More…

Yes, it's interesting that Article 10 is often not remarked, but Article 10 actually makes no reference to the media, save there's a provision in 10.1 about the regulation of broadcasting and so on.

The common law doesn't either. The common law understanding of Article 10 are really about freedom of expression, and media freedom comes as an essential component of that. This is intended really to put in the clearest terms media independence.

It's all part of the balance, the quid pro quo, that the media is afraid of statutory regulation. And I think what we were trying to say here is you needn't be afraid of statutory regulation, and here is a statute which actually will, for the first time, set out the fundamental importance of media independence.

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